Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor arrived in Basra, southern Iraq, to present a Pride of Britain award — given by the Record’s sister paper, the Mirror –to Staff Sergeant Michelle Cunningham. Despite the risks, Ewan was so impressed by the bravery of Britain’s only female bomb disposal officer in Iraq that he was determined to present the award to her himself.
Michelle, 32, was nominated for the Mirror award by the Army for “displaying complete disregard for her personal safety” by single-handedly extinguishing a fire at an explosives factory in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, last year. Firefighters had decided it was too dangerous to go inside.
Ewan, 36, said: “I’m just so amazed by Michelle and her unit’s courage. “She’s fantastic. I would never have the guts to do what she does. Most people, and I’m one of them, would run a million miles from a bomb. But Michelle actually walks towards them and makes them safe. Amazing.”
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